(Past Discussion Threads)
From RICHARD JENSEN <CAMPBELLD@APSU.BITNET> Subject: company towns, worker housing
From: IN%"AMERSTDY@MIAMIU.BITNET" "American Studies" 14-JUL-1993 19:31:37.40 From: Susan Garfinkel <sgarfink@SAS.UPENN.EDU>
company towns? they are everywhere, in all shapes and sizes. one of my favorites in hershey, pennsylvania, built as an ideal planned community for the chocolate factory workers. i'm not remembering the details, but it included parks and schools and all the rest, with a strong socialist agenda.
one form of company town that i know a bit about is mining towns
i worked for the historic american buildling survey (habs) a few years ago on a documentary project in altoona, pennsylvania, which was the sight of the pennsylvania railroad's machine shops. it was an interesting case, because it was not a traditional company town. the prr build only a few houses, but on the other hand, the city existed entirely for the sake of one company's production... habs has done a lot of work on pennsylvania because of gov't funding for a project called "america's industrial heritage project," to revitalize the areas now devestated by the decline of the steel industry. they have put out a lot of reports, etc., and i can get you an address for them if you're interested.
i'm not familiar with the back-to-back terrace arrangement that you drew, but that doesn't mean it wasn't here somewhere. most of what i do know about, though, was either small detached houses, or rows separated by a service alley and some amount of yard in the back, or various types of dormitory arrangements.
about lowell, mass: i do know that many of the single women who worked there were housed in large dormitory-like buildings, that have a lot in common with shaker housing...
in any case: what are the sorts of issues and questions that worker's housing raises for you? how do you think that britain and the u.s. might be similar or different. i don't know much of anything about welsh coal mining towns, for example, though i used to adore _how green was my valley_ when i was young.
obviously, you're not the only one who can carry on about this topic.
susan garfinkel firstname.lastname@example.org
Date: Thu, 15 Jul 1993 08:07:26 -0600 Reply-To: H-Rural Rural & Agricultural History discussion list <H-RURAL@UICVM.BITNET> Sender: H-Rural Rural & Agricultural History discussion list <H-RURAL@UICVM.BITNET> From: "Jim Oberly, History Dept., U of Wisc-Eau Claire" <JOBERLY@CNSVAX.UWEC.EDU> Subject: Re: Company towns, worker housing
Date: 15 Jul 1993 07:39:23 -0500 (CDT) From: charles <PAULVI%TAMVM1.BITNET@vaxa.uwec.edu> Subject: RE: company towns, worker housing
I do not recall seeing the original message, but I will offer the following two sources for information on one small West Texas company town:
Rhinehart, Marilyn D. A Way of Work and a Way of Life: Coal Mining in Thurber, Texas, 1999-1926.
Spratt, John S. Thurber, Texas: The Life and Death of a Company Town.
Charles R. Schultz 409-845-1815 University Archives C-Schultz@tamu.edu
Texas A&M University College Station, TX 77843-5000
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Posted: 13 Jul 1994